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Venezia: Food & Dreams [Hardcover]

Tessa Kiros , Lisa Greenberg , Manos Chatzikonstantis
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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15 Sep 2009
Food is a quilt that is patchworked together by peoples language, traditions and way of living. In Venezia, Tessa Kiros shows the magic and the charm of the famous Italian city of Venice. She embroiders the recipes of this city of canals, bridges and carnivals with her own unique colours and threads. Key points: Tessa's previous books, Twelve, Falling Cloudberries, Apples for Jam and Piri Piri Starfish: Portugal Found have been published to international acclaim and have secured best-selling status in many countries throughout the world; Falling Cloudberries won several awards including Best Hardcover Recipe Book at the World Food Media Awards; stunningly beautiful photography and design; recipes for the whole family a European way of eating.
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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  • Hardcover: 283 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (15 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740785168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740785160
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 20.9 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,931,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tessa Kiros was born in London to a Finnish mother and a Greek-Cypriot father. The family moved to South Africa when she was four, and at the age of 18, Tessa set off to travel and learn all she could about the world's cultures and traditions, and new ways of living and eating. She has cooked at London's The Groucho Club and in Sydney, Athens and Mexico. On a trip to Italy to study the language and food she met her husband Giovanni, and now lives in Tuscany.

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Evocative and beautiful to look at. --The Independent

Tessa's recipes are both authentic and exciting, and really conjure up a flavour of the city's gastronomic identity. --Italia magazine --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.


"Tessa's recipes are both authentic and exciting, and really conjure up a flavour of the city's gastronomic identity."
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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100 of 104 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet Another Hit For Tessa Kiros 28 Oct 2008
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Yet another stunning book from Tessa Kiros. I have already loved recipes from Falling Cloudberries: A World of Family Recipes and Twelve: A Tuscan Cook Book which occupy the space closest to hand on my cookbook shelf. I pre-ordered this as soon as I saw it and I've not been disappointed.

It arrived on Friday and over the weekend I've already tried the marinated sea bass, carpaccio beef and pumpkin gnocchi, all of which were delicious. None of these are my usual style of cooking, but her recipes are simple and straightforward, and with so few ingredients they just beg you to try them. Every recipe of hers I've ever tried seems to produce the most authentic dishes full of amazingly intense flavours that whisk you off to their country of origin.

Given the region from which these recipes are drawn, fish and seafood are unsurprisingly the stars of the menu and although dedicated carnivores may be left wanting, fish lovers will love the range of simple fish and seafood recipes. Even those like myself for whom fish is not instinctively their first choice, may find themselves unusually tempted by things they have never tried before. I can't remember the last time I had fresh sardines, but roasted as they were here, they were simple and fabulous (and even more simple if you get the fishmonger to fillet them for you). However; this is most definitely not just a fish book. All round there's plenty to try no matter what your tastes, including the carnivores amongst us, and there are some especially delicious antipasti, risottos and vegetable sides.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Digesting Venice 29 May 2009
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This book operates on two levels. If you've been lucky enough to have been to Venice and sample it's glorious food it is a reminder of wonderful meals in a romantic and historical setting. If you haven't, it opens a window into a world that belongs to Casanova, The Doge, smoky mists on the Lagoon, right up to the evenings consuming Tramezzini and Belini in Harrys Bar with Ernest Hemmingway. The recepies are simple, yet delicious and the explainations of the origins of the various dishes make a good read in themselves.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars review from a real Venetian 7 April 2010
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I was born and grew up in Venice and absolutely fell in love with the book. Our family have been in Scotland for many years now but when I took it to my dad's we had to go out shopping immediately in search for polenta and fresh fish. The book is absolutely splendid to look at, the author shows immense knowledge of Venice and its food writing lovingly and passionately about it. The recipes we tried were very authentic and delicious. Everytime I look at this book I feel very nostalgic and am in awe of its beautiful pictures and the food it represents.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A most beautiful book 21 Sep 2011
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I bought this book from Amazon - having been guided from the positive reviews on the site. I have to say this is the most beautiful book and I am delighted with it. It was bought for my daughter in law's 30th birthday and she is thrilled with it and made a recipe from it within 18 hours of receiving it. They went to Venice for their honeymoon this year and fell in love with the place and so the photos were a real hit. Beautifully bound - i can't recommend it enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is a visually beautiful book that I enjoy looking at just to see the photos that take me back to venice and make me daydream and salivate!

I have to say that despite many many lovely recipes I have only made a few as the ones I want to eat (right now!) tend to have too many ingredients that I don't typically have lying around my house. However an organised or more stocked up cook would be much more able to just pick it up and make things without a special shopping trip.

I would highly recommend to anyone who a) loves beautiful cook books b) is happy to spend time to read and follow recipes for things they may not usually make c) is happy to source ingredients that may not be readily available.

I would not recommend to anyone who a) counts how many recipes they use from a book and works it out as a percentage and is unhappy if it's less than 10% b) those who don't like cook book pages to be wasted on 'photos' c) those who live millions of miles from shops/ingredients

I've given it 5 stars as I think that it is beautiful, the recipes I have done are delicious and I'm sure the others would be too if I was organised enough to get round to them! Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Venetian flavour 24 April 2009
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Venezia: Food and Dreams Immerse yourself in Venezia. Learn the instructions to be a well-behaved passenger in the vaporetto, look at the wonderful Murano crystals, sit at a table inside or outside Cafe Florian and watch the crowds. Then relish some Sarde in saor, Fegato alla Veneziana and finish with Bussola and a glass of fragrant fragolino (fatto a casa, notwithstanding the European Commission). If you cannot do it, look at this book. My spirit cries when I leave Venice.
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45 of 55 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars beautiful, but impractical 29 Oct 2008
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As with Tessa Kiros' previous books, this one is absolutely gorgeous. Gold-edged pages and many, many shots of Venice and its people, especially around Carnival time make it a delight to leaf through.

So far, so good, and if you know someone who loves Venice or has had a special time there, this would be a good gift. But I doubt how much actual cooking I'll be doing from this book...octopus, anchovies, special Italian sausage and prosecco feature highly on the ingredients list, none of which I find particularly appealing or easy to lay my hands on.

It's certainly not the family-friendly fare of Falling Cloudberries or Apples for Jam. Nice to read but I think I'll stick to her earlier works for cooking.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
beautiful photos, great gift, not sure how the recipes measure up but it looks nice
Published 1 month ago by Jane Arnold
5.0 out of 5 stars Tessa's wonderful book
This is a beautifully illustrated book with lots of interesting information and wonderful tasty recipes. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous
A fabulous cookery book, it was exactly what I was hoping for, beautiful photos and lovely recipes. Can't wait to try the recipes but will enjoy just browsing through it as it is... Read more
Published 10 months ago by lesleyjoyc
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful production
A beautifully produced book with stunning pictures of Venice - makes me wish I was back there!
Perfect present for keen cooks and/or travellers
Published 14 months ago by Miss K Amanda Tanner
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for a cookery book
Very attractive book which is very readable. A pleasure to use. Good recipes too. I am very pleased with this. What more can I say?
Published 14 months ago by susieone
5.0 out of 5 stars Sumptuous!
Classy product with classic recipes that enable a taste of true Venetian food to be re-created at home. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Pjshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, love, love
A seductive account of cooking perfection. A high quality publication full of great writing, I shall purchase more by this cook who brings the area to life with her vibrant prose,... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Foxi Rosie
5.0 out of 5 stars Venezia: Food and Dreams
What a beautiful book. Just looking at the pages are very inspirational. I have Tessa Kiros first book and I just love it.
There is something different about her cookbooks. Read more
Published on 25 Dec 2011 by Pilii
2.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, but impractical
Venezia is sumptuous to look at: gilded spine, lovely photographs of both Venice and the food, but probably one that will be admired rather than used. Read more
Published on 25 Nov 2011 by Kentish Woman
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book
Even if you do not cook any of the recipes in this book it is wonderful to look at.If you do follow the recipes you are in for a wonderful gastronomic delight.
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